Welcome, I’m humbled you’ve read this far and are interested in learning more about me and my journey.

I’m a Christian mom to three beautifully unique children and married to the best man I know. I’m a disability advocate and living kidney donor to my youngest son who was born to dialysis. Sharing this bond with him has been one of the most remarkable experiences and one I love to talk about so if you have questions, ask away!

How I Got Here

I’ve spent many years as a management and marketing consultant in the healthcare vertical. I love my work, but art has always had my heart. I studied photojournalism in undergrad but I remain a mediocre photographer. I’m still determined to get better. I also studied political science and my degree is in social sciences. I’m also a bona fide law school dropout, life got in the way. I love reading beautiful writing on virtually any subject.

Like many, I was inspired by people like the late, beautiful Beth Kirby and slow-living pioneer Rebecca Gallop to begin sharing creatively and in community with others who want to be present, slow down, and enjoy life.

My Passions

I love cooking and interior design and I’m obsessed with textiles. I like painting and crafting because I enjoy creating and I’m frugal (cheap). I can’t seem to master machine sewing (entirely due to a lack of patience) but I’m decent at sewing by hand. I love architecture; big stone farmhouses melt me.  I find peace in old houses and vernacular, revere original details, and like old furniture with wheels.

Renewing old things and reaching out to broken people are particular specialties. I’m a chronic outliner and list-maker; I mostly like my books and magazines made of paper but also love the online design and creative world.

My favorite color is robin’s egg blue. I love a good toile, especially in unexpected places. I like John Mayer, Larry McMurtry, and old tv. My favorite movie is The Quiet Man, and I often (rather obnoxiously, I fear) quote Lonesome Dove. My hobby is writing movies I never market that, thus, have no chance of being made.

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We move a lot. The San Juan Islands are my happy place, San Diego is my favorite city. I love exploring New England (in good weather). If I’m being honest, I’m downright whiny about the weather, cold or hot. We split our time between Florida and Nevada presently, it’s a nice balance. I love to eat and shop in Atlanta and hike the Cascade Mountains, and the hearty, resilient people of the South are my heart. I grew up in Arkansas, raised by a tribe of loving and hard-working parents and grandparents and a big, loud group of cousins, aunts, and uncles. The South left an indelible mark no matter where life takes me, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. It also fuels my penchant for introducing people to “real” chocolate gravy. (It’s the one thing I can’t seem to nail down a recipe for, but I promise I’m trying…we just cook it.)

My biggest hurdle is being an unqualified social disaster. On paper, I like to think I’m delightful but in person, I hide behind sunglasses, hats, and my patient husband. I’m usually too direct and always at least a little awkward. I’m truly grateful for the curated, small group of amazing people who “get” me and with whom I can be myself.

I have stories, useful things, and kindness to share; perhaps my flaws mixed with honesty will them more interesting. I’d love it if you’d join us on social and subscribe to my newsletter if you have stuff to share, too.

While I welcome debate and constructive criticism, please be kind; every comment is carefully considered. Also, while I recognize the importance, please save political discussions for other forums. This space is for everyone.  

I appreciate your time and promise to respect it. I’m excited about the possibilities and look forward to getting to know you, and me, better. 

Thanks for coming along –

Script writing - "Best, Andria"

4 thoughts on “Welcome!”

  1. Andria – this is a really beautiful story, thanks for sharing so much about yourself and your family. The photos are adorable! I also love the look of your website. I’m in the process of reworking mine [a long and tedious process, as you probably know] so I’m paying more attention to others right now, and yours is simple, easy to read, and has a real good vibe and flow to it. Kudos! Happy to subscribe.

    1. Thank you so much! I had a long learning curve to master (and I don’t know that I’d even call it that) WordPress but it was worth it in the long run. I use the Edge template which has more than served my needs and I’m grateful for a lot of good tech support from them and others along the way. I find the folks who make apps and themes are usually super helpful. Subscribing to yours to follow your progress, can’t wait to see where you go with it. Thanks again. 🙂

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